Thursday, May 10, 2012
Alive Behind the Green Door by Flogging Molly
If you ever get a chance to see these guys live do it. Probably some of the best shows I've ever seen were Flogging molly. Traditionally they put more energy into their live performances than you can feel on their albums. Unfortunately this album doesn't quite capture it as well (check out Live at the Greek Theater if you want a good live album by them). I think this was recorded pre Swagger? I'm not sure. Anyways it's still flogging molly which means it's still enjoyable.
One of the few Celtic Punk bands to continue in the vein of the Pogues (most others seem to pick the Oi influenced stylings of Dropkick Murphies, Street Dogs, Flatfoot, et al), Flogging Molly is a pretty darn good band. Their live show is supposed to be good, and this album reflects that to a degree. Not just a dance and mosh show, more of a folk punk vibe. Easy listening if you're packed into a small bar, beer in hand, and just want the occasional chorus to chant along with. However, if you're looking to buy your first Flogging Molly album, I would recommend going with one of their studio albums.